Episode 108: Satoshi Kon’s “Tokyo Godfathers”
A discussion on Satoshi Kon’s 2003 film, “Tokyo Godfathers.”
In 2003, Satoshi Kon made a film that didn’t have elements of fantasy or harsh brutality but rather it dealt with the idea of coincidences in everyday life. “Tokyo Godfathers” followed three homeless people as they discover a baby discarded by its parents. They roam around the large city of Tokyo searching for a better life for the baby and themselves. Satoshi Kon was bold, not only in the film’s animation style, but surrounding the film around homeless characters.
What is difference between the narrative of “Tokyo Godfathers” as opposed to “Perfect Blue” or “Millennium Actress?” Why did Satoshi Kon decided to make these characters homeless instead of affluent? And what influence did filmmaker John Ford have on “Tokyo Godfathers?”
Satoshi Kon’s “Tokyo Godfathers” is the subject of episode 108 of the AuteurCast…